Work intensification, work–life interference, stress, and well-being in Australian workers

Fein, Erich C. and Skinner, Natalie and Machin, M. Anthony (2017) Work intensification, work–life interference, stress, and well-being in Australian workers. International Studies of Management & Organization, 47 (4). pp. 360-371. ISSN 0020-8825

Abstract

The need to better understand the impact of changes in work conditions is paramount. While greater flexibility has considerable benefits, there may also be unintended consequences such as greater work intensification leading to poorer health and well-being. This research focuses on the unique variance in measures of well-being that is accounted for by work intensification, after accounting for the influence of working hours. The sample involved 391 participants who were employed at the time of the study. Using hierarchical multiple regression, we found that work intensification accounted for 7 percent of the unique variance in work–life integration and 5 percent of the unique variance in a measure of global life stress. In addition, our study provides evidence that work intensification operates to predict employee stress above and beyond the effects of work– life integration alone, while together both constructs account for 9 percent of the unique variance in a measure of global life stress. These results highlight the value of differentiating between different types of work demands and how these combine to predict employees’ well-being. In order to achieve better work–life balance, we need to consider both the structural aspects of work such as working hours, place of work, and working conditions, as well as the pace of work.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 02:36
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: stress; well-being; work-life balance; work-life interference; work intensification
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00208825.2017.1382271
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34055

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